Public catch city bag snatcher

Public catch city bag snatcher

Members of the public chased and caught a suspected thief in Belfast city centre on Saturday afternoon after an elderly woman had her handbag stolen.

The woman, who was in her 80s, was pushed over in the street by a man in the Upper Queen Street area, who snatched her bag. She suffered a fractured shoulder in the incident.Passersby saw the man flee the scene and chased him.He was detained by them until police arrived a short time later to arrest him on suspicion of robbery and assault.The 22-year-old was charged by police on Sunday afternoon.Investigating officer Constable Ferris said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public for their assistance in this matter and also to appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident and who has not yet spoken to police to contact officers at Musgrave on the non emergency number 101."The victim received hospital treatment for her injury.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)


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